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Forklifts are essential equipment in many industries, enabling efficient material handling and warehouse operations. However, forklifts are also powerful machines that pose significant risks to operators and others working in the same environment. To ensure a safe work environment and prevent accidents, forklift pre-shift inspections play a critical role. In this article, we'll delve into the importance of these inspections, highlighting 6 keys to achieve an effective forklift pre-shift inspections program, from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to providing valuable insights that go beyond compliance. 

The 6 Keys to a Forklift Inspection Program

1. Stay OSHA Compliant

Staying OSHA compliant is of course the minimal. OSHA requires that forklifts be inspected daily or before each shift by a qualified operator. By staying OSHA compliant, you can avoid fines and legal issues and ensure that your workplace is as safe as possible.

2. Build Safety Culture

Forklift inspections are often a barrier to achieving a safety culture at work. The only way to stay on top of it is to be a safety cop. Which in turn disengages your people, erodes safety culture and creates a negative perception of you and the safety program overall. To learn more about how to create a positive culture shift through your forklift inspections program visit here. 

3. Reduce Insurance Risk

An incident involving an uninspected forklift truck creates significant exposure to risk of course immediate cost, higher insurance premiums, and impact on your EMR. Beyond that an uninspected forklift can create multiple risk.

4. Supervisor Engagement

Supervisor engagement is another critical factor in ensuring effective forklift pre-shift inspections. Supervisors play a crucial role in ensuring that inspections happen regularly and that any issues are addressed promptly. We understand that one common challenge is the time it takes for operators to complete their inspections and for supervisors to verify and see if they have been done. By taking an active role in promoting safety, supervisors can create a culture where safety is a top priority.

5. Increase Productivity

Conducting pre-shift inspections can actually increase productivity in the workplace. By identifying and addressing potential issues before they become a problem, you can prevent downtime and keep operations running smoothly. This not only saves time but also increases productivity and efficiency.

6. Make sure Inspections Happen

Ultimately, making sure that pre-shift inspections happen is essential for promoting safety, staying OSHA compliant, and reaping the many benefits that come with a culture of safety. By prioritizing safety in this way and considering the six key factors for effective forklift pre-shift inspections, you can create a work environment that is not only safer but also more productive and efficient.

By focusing on these factors and implementing effective pre-shift inspections, you can promote safety in the workplace, increase productivity, and reduce insurance risk.


Look out for SG World USA’s next communication where we will be exploring each of these six key factors in more detail. Stay tuned for more insights and tips on achieving effective forklift pre-shift inspections.

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